Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
The first and most autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to train as a doctor where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a tortured and masochistic affair.
The 641st greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 66th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
- - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
- - Select 100 (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
- - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)